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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old May 9th, 01, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Got a question.....I'm looking into installing a Vintage Air system in my 67 that did not have factory air. I contacted Vintage Air through email and they sent me (priority mail) the complete installation instructions and a full-line catalog for free!!! (Good first impression of the company!!) My question, maybe I should ask them, but I figured somebody on this board has probably done it, is if I can use original type AC vents in this system. The kit comes with their own AC/vents and templates for them, but they hardly look original. I'd like to put the original style vent balls in the dash and the original style center dash vent. Can I do this? Does anybody know of any templates for the holes, or the hole sizes? Also, how do the side vent balls attach to the dash? Any help would be appreciated!!!

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You can use original vents for their system. I would look at an AC car to see what's involved. Either direction requires you to cut on the dash. Stock vents require a drilled hole and a bent piece of metal behind the dash to help pin the vent piece against the dash metal from behind. Not to difficult--just don't slip!

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If I buy the vents from Ricks or someplace else, should I be able to figure out what size of hole I need from the vents?

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I checked into the vintage air kit as well. I was told the kit comes with vents that are supposed to be close reproduction of the stock vents and controls. There was someone from team camaro who had a post about starting to install the vintage air in their 67 but I never saw any further posts. Vintage air never sent me the installation instructions though. Suppose it's time to make a call. It was 105+ (and still not real hot)in Phoenix today so the camaro without air is parked in the daytime for a few months.
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jackr,

The outer vents are SIMILAR, but not nearly as cool-looking as the original pieces....they look like add on pieces. The center vent is completely unoriginal looking, and looks to be quite chinsy looking. I inferred from the installation instructions and catalog that the kit will attach to stock vents, but my concern is really mounting stock-type vents in a car that does not have the holes for them.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old May 10th, 01, 12:14 AM
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I put a vintage air kit in my 67 coupe two years ago, the kit came with adapters to use the stock astro vents, or you can use theres
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It might have been me who posted about starting the Vintage install last summer. The kit came with vents but I would have to say that they do not look like the originals. My car was factory a/c so I didn't use the vintage versions. They are smaller and don't have the intergrated, sweeping look of the stock vents. I would make sure you get or make a template of the stock holes from someone willing to take their vent out. The stock vents also follow the curve of the lower dash, so be sure to start the cut at the right spot.

Installation of the firewall opening requires the removal of the passenger fender to get to a couple screws holding the stock air box to the firewall. This was the most time consuming part of the process. In hindsight, I might try removing the passenger interior kick panel(not too easy with Astro vents) and then reach up from the opening below to the bolts where the little squirel cage fan housing is attached. A deep socket ratchet with a partner on the other side MIGHT be able to get those PISSANT bolts out without removing the fender. my .02

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I put Vintage Air in my 67. It's not difficult to cut the vents, or to judge where to put the hole. Use the template they give you to make the initial holes, then widen them to fit the stock vents, which you can buy from Ricks.
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convertibleRS,

Thanks for the reply! So you just used their template to cut the initial holes and just worked those holes to fit the stock Astro-style vents? Sounds easy enough. Did you install a stock style center AC vent also? If you did, what were the particulars for cutting the hole in the dash for that vent? What did you use to cut the holes for the dash vents?

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Yes, I used the template and then widened the holes a bit more so the stock vents would fit.
As for the center vent, you'll need to buy a new bezel from Rick's, the one made for AC-equipped cars. There's no way to cut the non-A/C bezel and make it look right.
You may have to then cut a rectangular whole in the sheet metal behind the bezel, but you won't need to be precise because it will be covered by the stock vent and the bezel itself.
I used a pair of angled snips and a mini hack saw to cut the holes. Drill a starter hole first, of course.
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